Roula & Peter, Wedding in East Lothian

March 21, 2018

The wedding of Roula and Peter took place at Lennoxlove, near Haddington. Lennoxlove is no longer a wedding venue, but what a lovely country house it is! We spent the full day with the couple and their guests, taking photographs of all the celebrations. Especially the flowers really made this wedding stand out.

Roula’s wedding dress was from Harvey Nichol’s in Dubai. She was looking for something simple and comfortable and went all around the wedding shops but even the simplest of dresses felt too ‘heavy’ for her. She instantly fell in love with the dress when she tried it on. It was simple and chic! Roula also decided to wear a veil which she bought from Caroline Castigliano in London a few months after she found the dress. As for the jewellery, she wore a diamond necklace and earring set which her mum brought from Lebanon for the occasion.

The bride’s hairdresser, Nagi Atallah, flew in from London and he did a fantastic job. Karen Bowen did Roula’s makeup. 

Roula said: We were so lucky to find such a professional photographer in Nadin Dunnigan, who was so easy and fun to work with at the same time. We wanted a photographer who could give us artistic photographs and a special stylish album, and Nadin gave us just that. We are so happy with our photos and the album looks absolutely perfect!

Roseparks did a great job in implementing my floral countryside look dreams and added a few nice touches of their own. Their top table was in fact 3 round tables joined together with a huge floral centrepiece in the middle. The couple didn’t want a traditional head table and they found this idea in a Preston Bailey book. 

Personal wedding touches

What made their wedding special was the little authentic touches they gave it. They had a bit of Lebanese, a bit of English, and a bit of Scottish and combined together, which made it very interesting.

They had a piper pipe Roula down the aisle, while they had a traditional Arabic Zaffa walking into the marquee, they had the groomsmen in Scottish highland wear while the groom was in a smart suit.

Their  three-tiered wedding cake was provided by Macmocakes which matched the floral selection.

Wedding entertainment and dancing

In the afternoon, there was  a jazz trio playing at the cocktail reception on the sunken lawn, while a caricaturist went around drawing sketches of guests. In the evening, they had the charming Robert Scott, a Sinatra stylist whom they discovered during a New Year’s Eve Ball in Scotland 8 months before the wedding. 

The couple worked with a choreographer back home in Abu Dhabi, David Lyons. David moved back to London just before their wedding and they had one last practice session with him there 10 days before the wedding. Their song was ‘It had to be you’.

The couple organised a day of Scottish Highland games two days before the wedding. Everybody at the wedding, including themselves had flown in to Scotland for the wedding, and so the highland games day kind of brought everybody together and was a nice build up to the wedding. At the wedding half of the guests had been at the highland games and had already made friends. It just made the atmosphere all the more intimate and cosy.